Welcome to EV&Me! This blog is a platform for owners and drivers of all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) to share their experiences—the good, the bad, and the funny—of driving electric. We hope you enjoy reading their stories and that their advice is helpful for those of you looking into an EV purchase of your own.
New blog entries are posted monthly. If you’re interested in being included in a future entry, please fill out this form. Note that you don’t have to be a Davis resident to be included: we’d love to spotlight EV owners and drivers from all over!
This blog is a collaboration between the Institute of Transportation Studies and Cool Davis. We encourage you to visit the Cool Davis website for tips and resources on sustainable living, including resources for driving electric in and around Davis.
If you’re looking for additional information on purchasing and owning an EV, we encourage you to visit the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Resource Center. The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Resource Center offers a wealth of decision-support tools for prospective EV owners, including a list of available EVs and associated purchase incentives organized by model year and a searchable database of rebates, discounts, tax breaks, and other incentives available to EV owners in California.
Finally, for a more detailed account of life with an EV, check out “500 Miles of Bolt Ownership” and “5,000 Miles of Bolt Ownership” by Austin Brown, Executive Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy.
"The fact that we live in CA and it was manufactured here, that it was the safest car on the road, and that we could seat seven (with the two rear-facing seats) all helped seal the deal" explains Eric Wilson of his decision to buy a Tesla Model S in 2014.
"I liked the idea of being an early pioneer with a fuel-cell electric vehicle" explains Tim Stevens of his decision to lease a 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle.
"Range limitations really aren’t that big a deal once you get familiar with how far your car can go," says Phoenix Chong, long-time owner of a 2011 Nissan Leaf.
"Definitely read and post questions on online forums" before getting an electric vehicle, advises Jered Sneesby, owner of a 2014 BMW i3 REx. "Going electric is a lot easier when you realize you don’t have to figure it all out by yourself."
"We [got] an electric car so that I could use the HOV lane for my daily commute to Oakland," says Edgar Wong-Chen, new owner of a 2018 Nissan Leaf. "That allowed me to move back to Davis, a place where I can afford to own a home and where I want to raise my family."